Carol Teal from The ArtsCan Circle accepts a “big cheque” a.k.a. baritone uke from CUJAM member Bob Cutler.
Founded by harmonica hero Mike Stevens (subject of St Michael Told Me So) and members of the Ontario folk music community, ArtsCan Circle provides musical instruments, arts training and mentorship to kids in remote Native communities.
It was my dear friend moxywoman, a member at large of CUJAM, who got this ball rolling. But a couple of dozen members chipped in to make it happen, each according to his or her abilities. Bob and Sue supplied stickers for the ukes, and NorthernUke made the trip from Ryson’s Music in St. Catharine’s where they gave us a wonderful deal.
The whole group was involved in tuning and putting the stickers on, and we said a few words to acknowledge the moment before sending the ukes northward to Pikangikum, a fly-in community in Northwestern Ontario.